West Zealand County

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Vestsjællands Amt

Vestsjællands Amt's
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Basic Facts
County seat Sorø
Area 2,984 km²
Inhabitants 307,207 (2006)
Map
West Zealand County in Denmark

Vestsjællands Amt (English: West Zealand County) is a former county (Danish: amt) in the west-central part of the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark. The county was formed on 1 April 1970, comprising a few former counties. The county was abolished effective January 1, 2007, when it merged into Region Sjælland (i.e. Region Zealand).

The county was responsible for public hospitals, upper secondary schools and schools for Higher Preparatory Examination, public transport and social welfare for the disabled. [1]

The County Hall was located in the town of Sorø, and became the seat of the new region. Sorø is by no means the biggest city in West Zealand, but it has great historical value. It is famed for the Sorø Academy (Danish, Sorø Akademi), an educational institution built in 1140 together with the church where Queen Margaret I of Denmark was buried (later moved to Roskilde Domkirke, Roskilde).

Many people live in West Zealand but work in the greater metropolitan area of Copenhagen.

List of County Mayors[edit]

From To County Mayor
January 1, 1970 September 20, 1974 † Jørgen Herman Monrad (Venstre)
September 20, 1974 December 31, 1985 Hans Kjeld Brinth (Venstre)
January 1, 1986 December 31, 1989 Søren Eriksen (Social Democrat)
January 1, 1990 December 31, 1993 Henning Tellerup (Conservative)
January 1, 1994 December 31, 2001 Søren Eriksen (Social Democrat)
January 1, 2002 December 31, 2006 Hans Jørgen Holm (Venstre)

Municipalities (1970-2006)[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°26′N 11°34′E / 55.433°N 11.567°E / 55.433; 11.567